The Forsyte Chronicles

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,134 ratings

The Man of Property Publisher's Summary

The Man of Property, the first novel in John Galsworthy's epic social satire The Forsyte Saga, introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a London solicitor and prominent man of his important family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene in spite of her pennilessness and indifference to him. Irene, a lover of art and beauty, eventually accepts his marriage proposal over a life of degraded poverty, but she swears to Soames that she will never be his property. When all his money fails to make up for the absence of love and Irene falls for a young architect, Soames resolves to force the obedience he could not buy.

Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932 "for his distinguished art of narration, which takes its highest form in The Forsyte Saga".

Public Domain (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Man of Property

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 1
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    The Man of Property, the first novel in Galsworthy's epic social satire The Forsyte Saga, introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a solicitor and prominent man of his important family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene in spite of her pennilessness and her indifference to him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Five stars aren't enough...

    • By victoria on 12-14-07

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Forsyte Saga

    • The Man of Property
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The three novels that make up this trilogy have long been recognized as masterpieces of 20th-century literature, and Galsworthy as one of its leading exponents. But don’t let that be the reason you put off listening to this wonderful work. There are passion and lust in these pages, high art and low comedy, and unthinking violence that ride alongside ever-correct manners. Scandal, tragedy, despair, rape, accidental death, marriage, remarriage and a healthy leavening of births all unfold against a rolling backdrop of a world war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent story, wonderfully narrated.

    • By Christine MacDonald on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Man of Property

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 1
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    In this first book of "The Forsyte Saga", Galsworthy paints a vivid portrait of a wealthy and ambitious London family at the turn of the century. Interwoven with this is the ill-fated romance of Irene and Bossiny.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Do Not get this Story!!

    • By Stephanie on 08-23-12

    Regular price: $18.20

  • Book 2

    • In Chancery

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 2
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Indian Summer of a Forsyte", an interlude, recounts the lyrical last days of old Jolyon Forsyte as he basks in the glow of his visits with the beautiful Irene. In Chancery deals with Soames' divorce and marriage to a French woman, Annette, and the love story of Irene and young Jolyon.

    Regular price: $20.30

    • In Chancery

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 2
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    The three novels that make up this trilogy have long been recognized as masterpieces of 20th-century literature, and Galsworthy as one of its leading exponents. But don’t let that be the reason you put off listening to this wonderful work. There are passion and lust in these pages, high art and low comedy, and unthinking violence that ride alongside ever-correct manners. Scandal, tragedy, despair, rape, accidental death, marriage, remarriage and a healthy leavening of births all unfold against a rolling backdrop of a world war.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • In Chancery

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 2
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    In Chancery, the second novel in John Galsworthy's epic social satire The Forsyte Saga, follows the events of A Man of Property. After suffering the death of her lover and abuse from her husband, Soames, Irene Forsyte finally leaves her marriage for good. Though socially disgraced by her affair, she forms a bond with Old Jolyon, a father of the Forsyte clan who had grown distant from the family after reconciling with one of his outcast sons.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps getting better

    • By Chad on 01-27-09

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • To Let

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 3
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This is the final book of "The Forsyte Saga". The interlude "Awakening" introduces us to young Jon's discoveries and his love for his mother Irene. To Let tells of Soames' daughter Fleur's and Jon's love for each other - a love which is subjected to the stigma of their parents' divorce.

    Regular price: $19.56

    • To Let

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 3
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    “So many people have written and claimed that their families were the original of the Forsytes,” wrote Galsworthy, “that one has almost been encouraged to believe in the typicality of an imagine species.” It is the Spring of 1920, 34 years on from the beginning of the Saga. “Young Jolyon” is married to Irene after her divorce from Soames, and they now have a son, Jon. Soames has re-married and has a daughter, Fleur. A new generation of Forsytes comes of age and the Saga continues.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mispronounces name of the main heroine throughout

    • By Barbara Gryniewicz-Gaillard on 09-15-14
    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 3
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 03-19-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $20.26

    • To Let

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 3
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    In To Let, Irene's son Jon and Soames' daughter Fleur, now both 19 years old, fall in love. But when Jon learns of the past feud between their families, he decides that he cannot marry Fleur. To drive her from his mind, he travels to America with his mother Irene. Fleur now throws herself at her long-standing admirer, Michael Mont, a fashionable baronet's son, and the two are married.

    • The Forsyte Saga, Book 3
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 05-16-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 1-3

    • The Forsyte Saga

    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: Fred Williams
    • Length: 42 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 431
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230

    The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great work.

    • By EJH on 07-06-05

    Regular price: $34.96

  • Book 4

    • The White Monkey

    • The Forsyte Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    The White Monkey is the fourth of the nine novels in The Forsyte Chronicles and marks the opening of the second trilogy in the series, called A Modern Comedy. In this new chapter, Fleur and Michael Mont begin to question their marriage when their good friend, author Wilfred Desert, can no longer contain his passion for Fleur. Fleur finds herself torn between her love for Michael and passion for Wilfred.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • keep going

    • By connie on 11-09-08

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 5

    • The Silver Spoon

    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Galsworthy¿s masterly portrait of the Forsyte family continues here with the fifth novel, The Silver Spoon, coming second in the second trilogy, called A Modern Comedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I wish Soames's story could go on forever

    • By loix on 09-23-11

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 6

    • Swan Song

    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    The "man of property", Soames Forsyte, has mellowed with the passing of the years until, in his old age, he is a patient and benign figure, guarding with especial tenderness the welfare of his daughter, Fleur. But all his watchfulness and devotion are powerless to avert tragedy when Fleur revives her old love affair with Jon Forsyte on Jon's return to England with his American wife.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • Maid in Waiting

    • The Forsyte Chronicles, Book 7
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Maid in Waiting is the beginning novel in the last trilogy of John Galsworthy's Forsyte Chronicles. In this 7th installment, the story continues of the lives and times, loves and losses, fortunes and deaths of the fictional but entirely representative family of propertied Victorians, the Forsytes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally happiness in the family

    • By Jan Brown on 11-29-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 8

    • Flowering Wilderness

    • The Forsyte Chronicles, Book 8
    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    John Galsworthy's epic Forsyte Chronicles, a nine-volume series of novels dramatizing the fictional but entirely representative family of propertied Victorians, the Forsytes, has become established as one of the most popular and enduring works of 20th century literature. He made their lives and times, loves and losses so real that readers accused him of including real individuals whom they knew as the characters in his drama.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • next to last in the galsworthy trilogy, a pleasure

    • By Robin on 04-02-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 9

    • One More River

    • By: John Galsworthy
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    After just 18 months of marriage, Clare has fled from her highly esteemed but sadistic husband, Gerald, in Ceylon and boarded a ship back to England. Onboard, she meets a charming but penniless expatriate named Tony Croom, who falls madly in love with her. They develop a close but platonic relationship, unaware that Clare's husband has set detectives on her. When Clare refuses to return to her husband, he accuses her of adultery with Tony in a highly public divorce case.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • excellent galsworthy, last in forsyte series

    • By Robin on 04-09-13

    Regular price: $19.57